INSPIRED by her short jogs in Babbs Mill Nature Reserve during lockdown a Kingshurst woman is getting ready to take on the Great Birmingham 10k in memory of her cousin.
Robyn Moy was left heartbroken when she found out her cousin, Bobbie Saxon, had taken her own life just weeks after she turned 20 in August.
Determined to do something in Bobbie’s memory Robyn thought back to lockdown where the two would go on walks around the park and would chat and start jogging from lamppost to lamppost in a bid to get fit and improve their mental health.
From there Robyn started training for the Great Birmingham 10k in May in aid of charities across Solihull and Birmingham that support young people with their mental health.
The 25-year-old said: “Losing her has been one of the hardest things for me to go though and I needed to put my time and energy into something positive.
“My dad and I go jogging around the same lake we walked around.
“The hardest thing about training for the 10k is the mental blocks and thinking that I can’t complete it.
“With running the same path we used to walk on I have all the happy memories of us on our walks to keep me going.”
Robyn will have support during the run from her dad, who is also taking on the challenge, and friends and family will be cheering her along the route.
Robyn said Bobbie was about to start her third year as a psychology student at Coventry University and she had two jobs one working in Schuh in the Bullring and Grand Central in Birmingham and the other at a care home.
Robyn said: “She was also a care home assistant which was a perfect fit for her because of her kind nature.
“She would take great pride in making sure all the residents were well looked after and well presented.
“She would take her time to do all the ladies hair and paint there nails. She would make sure all the men wore matching clothes for that day.
“Bobbie was a very kind, intelligent, thoughtful person.
“She would always write little notes to her mom, thanking her for being her best friend and draw pictures for her dad.
“She was the best big sister to her little brother James and they’d watch TV and play Mario Kart together.
“She was the life of her own party and made everyone laugh. She was popular amongst friends and we all loved her very much.
“Our heart breaks everyday without her.”
Robyn initially set out to raise £100, and do date she has raised over £1,500.
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